[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 276

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Mon Oct 17 12:36:47 EDT 2011

Southport Survey # 276
17 Oct 2011

The tide was low, Sunken Island was exposed. The water was calm. The  
sky was clear with a breeze out of the west.

Off shore there was a group of cormorants feeding around the island  
and a group of Black Ducks were feeding in the rocks. The loons were  
off shore.

The golf course also had a group of 9 cormorants in the pond. The  
Pied-billed Grebe continues, this time it was in the river above the  
bridge.The Killdeer were on the flats within the harbor. The Great  
Cormorant, first for the season, was found on the leaning tower of  
Southport Harbor.

At Southport Beach. the egrets were again scattered about. All the  
Laughing Gulls were resting on the flats at the mouth of Sasco Creek.  
A few more duck were also there. Lately I noticed a general lack of  
young gulls. Has nesting been that poor or are they still on the  
nesting grounds?

Dennis Varza

DATE	9/28	10/02	10/05	10/17
Tide	Rising	Low	High	Low
Time	7:30	8:20	7:35	8:00

Brant	0_0_1_0
Canada Goose	0_0_26_6
Mute Swan	5_4_2_0
American Black Duck	1_0_0_13
Mallard	37_26_20_6
Green-winged Teal	4_0_0_0
Common Loon	1_0_2_2
Pied-billed Grebe	0_0_1_1
Double-crested Cormorant	38_34_38_43
Great Cormorant	0_0_0_1
Great Blue Heron	0_2_2_1
Great Egret	6_4_4_3
Snowy Egret	2_3_2_3
Killdeer	_0_10_0_12
Ruddy Turnstone	0_0_2_0
Greater Yellowlegs	1_1_0_0
Sanderling	53_16_0_35
Semipalmated Sandpiper	0_20_0_0
Laughing Gull	19_26_7_8
Ring-billed Gull.	79_45_108_76
Herring Gull    	102_109_41_62
Great Black-backed Gull	13_3_4_6

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